5 New York Jets Who Could Be Gone After 2013 Season
5 New York Jets who could be Gone After 2013
The New York Jets definitely struggled in 2013. This was attributed both to injuries and lack of offensive talent. Sweeping changes came from new GM John Idzik, who replaced Mike Tannenbaum. Seven defensive starters are gone, and mostly young players will be counted on to produce in 2013.
Looking ahead, more change could follow after this campaign. NFL players in general deal with uncertainly when it to comes contracts. Most probably know that these deals are not guaranteed. I mention this because the entire league faces constant pressure to perform each year. With Idzik now in charge, New York’s whole roster is under a microscope and for some on the team, it could soon mean the end of their time with Gang Green.
A quarterback competition is underway with the Jets' struggling former first-round selection taking on a rookie. The receivers appeared on paper to be weak, although this group was bolstered by Braylon Edwards' return. As mentioned previously, this defense holds much inexperience. If these pieces fail to gel, their fan base could suffer yet again.
Even in an event that some individuals rise to this occasion, their future stability would remain in doubt. The tenure of head coach Rex Ryan also could end around this time. Over these next few months, the Jets will seek to improve their 6-10 record from last season. Evaluation is expected to be conducted by Idzik, and money also plays a major role. With that in mind, I have listed five Jets who may not return when this season ends.
Holmes is the team's best receiver and has enjoyed a solid career, but I just feel that Idzik wants to bring in young players to fill this roster. He counts $10 million against their 2014 salary cap room. If there is a trade out there that makes sense next offseason, look for their new GM to act.
Currently, Harris is scheduled to count $20 million against the salary cap over the next two seasons. He is probably in line for another big money deal on the market for 2015. As a result, Idzik could unload him this time next year like he did with Darrelle Revis.
Antonio Cromartie has greatly changed his image as of late, and he will most likely assume no. 1 cornerback responsibilities for the Jets. Again, an expiring contract would enter 2014 and Idzik appears intent on cleaning house of these veterans. If Cromartie were to be released in 2014, the Jets would open up $9.25 million more to spend.
Austin Howard once offered young potential, but struggled to consistently hold up blocks last season. The Jets have been looking for an answer at right tackle since Damien Woody retired. Offensive line was a focus for the team during the 2013 NFL Draft, so he was put on notice.
The next person who believes Mark Sanchez still has a long-term future with New York would be the first. Releasing their 2009 first-round draft choice becomes easier next year as his cap hit is only $4.8 million. Unless he enjoys a miraculous turnaround, this is what will happen.